WASHINGTON, DC- The District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development announces the release of six solicitations for offers (SFOs) for 27 blighted properties and vacant lots throughout the nation’s capital. Through the SFO process, DHCD is seeking public offers to build development projects that promote vibrant, walkable, mixed use and income neighborhoods. The 27 District owned properties and lots are located in Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8. They consist of four buildings and 23 vacant lots. The ward-by-ward breakdown includes:

Ward 1 One vacant lot
Ward 5 One building and seven vacant lots
Ward 7 14 vacant lots
Ward 8 Three buildings and one vacant lot

The SFO application materials became available on Friday, July 11, 2014 on the DHCD website and also at the DHCD Housing Resource Center, located at 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020 in CD format. Two Pre-Bid meeting will be held on August 6, 2014 (SFOs 1-3) and August 20, 2014 (SFOs 4-6). The exact location will be announced on the DHCD website. The deadline for submitting proposal applications is 4 p.m. EST on Friday, October 10, 2014 (SFOs 1-3) and October 24, 2014 (SFOs 4-6).

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private, nonprofit organizations (PNPs) in Washington, following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance (PA) as a result of the wildfires that occurred July 9 – August 5, 2014, announced Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in the county of Okanogan and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.

“PNP organizations should contact Gary Urbas with the Washington State Public Assistance program at (253) 512-7402 to obtain information about local briefings.  At the briefings, PNP representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” said Tanya N. Garfield, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.  FEMA will use that information to determine if the PNP provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law.  If so, FEMA may provide the PNP with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs.  If not, FEMA may refer the PNP to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

SBA may lend PNPs up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For certain private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage.

The interest rate is 2.625 percent with terms up to 30 years.  The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is October 10, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 11, 2015.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail).  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841